Plumbing fittings

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  1. Kevin

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    Hi guys,

    I am almost finished buliding my sump for my TL550, but I cannot find the correct plumbing fittings for the back of the display tank. I want to have a 32mm overflow and a 12mm return with black rigid pipes. I have seen that plumbing suppliers have screw in fittings for water tanks that are leak proof but they only come in very large sizes.

    If you guys know of any suppliers in the JHB west rand area, I would appreciate it.

    Thanks
     
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  3. ml

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    Try waterplant next to Sterlig they have all the DIY plumbing fittings you nee
     
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    any hardware will stock HDPE fittings....32mm and 20mm are standard sizes...i'm using 20mm return in my shop tank just fine...plus no glue needed simply screw in with a compression fitting this can handle high pressure as it is used to supply water to your house;)

    however rather use 40mm for overflow so as to avoid anything getting jammed in there.
     
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    If you want to glue pvc use PVC Weld. Its reefsafe. I havent had any leaks from my plumbing.
     
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    its more for drainage i.e low pressure....rather use high pressure tangit but thats only for the blue pipes used in pools normally...
     
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    Try FAB in Oxford Road Randburg or Directly across the road there is a shop that specialises in Koi ponds and all the goodies that go along with it
     
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    I buy all my stuff from astore in edenvale. They have any plumbing fitting, in any size...
     
  9. Kevin

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    Thanks guys, I will see what I can find this weekend.

    Any idea's on what return pump I should put in?
     
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    Sorry how big is a 550? 550L?
     
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    Hi Deon - no - It's a Boyu Nano TL550 - I think it's about 120 litres.....

    Kevin - any 1000 or 1500 litre per hour pump would work. LifeTech is usually a good value for money brand. Else, Dolphin or Dophin brands are also good value for money.

    If you want to spend a wee bit more, then look at AquaMedic OceanRunners (OR).
    Or alternatively, Hailea pumps.

    Please post a pic of the sump?
     
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    Thanks Jacques,

    It is a 128 liter tank.

    I will post a pic of the sump as soon as it is finished. I worked out the length of the glass divisions incorrectly and I have to get them cut 10mm shorter this weekend.

    The sump will be able to hold a max of 70 liters and will have a built in ATS which will be fed from the overflow. The return head height will be about 1.5m.

    So far my tank has been able to cope with the pathetic boyu skimmer, so I will try and get by without any skimmer with just using the ATS and a DSB.
     
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    Kevin - the ATS, DSB and possibly macro algae (chaetomorpha) in your sump, will DEFINITELY be MUCH MUCH more effective than that poor-willy skimmer in those Boyu nano's.
     
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    I have chaeto and gracilaria algae already growing in the display tank. It does not look so lekker so I will move it to the sump once it is done.

    What kind of surface area will the DSB need to be effective?

    Do I need to cylce the sump before connecting to the display tank?

    Thanks
     
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    Kevin - DSB surface area - as big as possible. Nothing smaller than ie 30cm by 30cm...

    And yes - preferably you need to have a "short cycle"..... dose extra bacteria in the sump, and put some "food" in there for the bacteria to work....

    This only needs to run for a few days, that the bacteria can gain a foothold. It would not require a FULL cycle, like your tank originally.
     
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    Here is a picture of the sump.

    I wanted to put more baffels in but that would have limited the space for the DSB.

    DSB size is now 290mm X 400mm. Depth will be about 15cm.

    The first baffel is 200 mm high and the second overlaps the first by 130mm to remove any bubbles that will come across. The gap between the baffels is 20mm.

    I will have to build in something to prevent a sand storm when the overflow from the DT is installed.

    [​IMG]
     
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    Astore is located in the West Rand as well in Stormill tel 4755068. actaally went there today to pick up some tank connecgtors all shapes and sizes available. will post a pic
     
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    Cool,

    Thanks. I will probably go there this week sometime.
     
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    you welcome
     
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